History of Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation
1890 – first surgical breast augmentation procedure was performed with paraffin injection.
This led to infections
Lump formations in the breast
By 1920s paraffin injections became out of favor for breast augmentation
1920 – Fat transplants were tried. Fatty tissue was surgically removed from the belly and buttock areas and transferred into the breast
This was unsuccessful because the body would quickly reabsorb most of the fat, leaving the breast lumpy and lopsided.
By 1940s, this procedure was given up.
1960's – Silicone injections directly into the breast was tried
Complications of chornic inflammation, infections, and lumps
These complications caused this form of breast augmentation to fall out of favor.
1950s – Polyvinyl sponges started to be implanted into the breasts for breast augmentation
Different types of synthetic sponges were also tried
They were all found to shrink and harden within a year
There was a possible link between this type of breast augmentation surgery and cancer
1961 – The first silicone breast implant was developed.
1982 – Silicone breast implants were withdrawn due to safety concerns
1988 – Dow Corning, one of the silicone breast implants largest manufacturer settled a class action lawsuit for 3.2 billion for 170,000 women
1992 – Only saline-filled implants have been allowed in the American general market for cosmetic breast augmentation. Silicone breast implants had been available only to special pateints through FDA approved trials
1995 – Soybean Oil implants introduced
Considered to be a natural approach to breast augmentation
1999 – these breast implants were withdrawn from the market because a they were found to contain a filler that could become toxic in the body as it breaks down.
This type of breast augmentation surgery was never approved in the U.S.
an article on Tara Reid's Breast Implants Threaten Her Life – she had soybean implants
They could also go rancid.
2001 Brava Breast Enhancement and Shaping System was introduced
Breast Implants do cause certain complications
Common Injuries Caused by Breast Implants
- Fibrous capsular contracture
- Silicone gel leakage and migration
- Interference with mammography
- Degradation of polyurethane foam-covered breast prostheses
- Human carcinogenicity
- Human tetrogenicity , silicone toxicity
- Immune disorders
2006 – November, the FDA (USA) approves silicone breast implants again
2012- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new silicone-gel breast implant from Sientra, making it the third company to market the controversial products in the U.S.